Ancestors and Descendants


those that came before... the ancestors
those that come afterwards... the descendants


You might consider ancestors and descendants to be your blood family, adopted or chosen family, community, teachers and students within a tradition, all of humanity, or even molecules, atoms and stardust. Perhaps you think of the oceans and mountains as our ancestors, and the birds, animals and insects that will live in places you've cared for as descendants. Perhaps the gods are our ancestors.


When we talk about, invoke, or reach out to ancestors and descendants we are finding our place within lineage. We are holding the thread, aware of how we came to be here/alive/ourselves and this thread also passes onwards to others, whose lives and existences we are linked to.


It's either Samhain and Beltaine, depending where you are - a great time to be connecting with ancestors and descendants. Here are some possibilities: